American justice for evil. God, you gotta love America! Read and learn, lame pathetic Europe, on how to mete out a proper sentencing. Arab nations, pay heed.
Attempted honor murderer Khalid Mohd had “threatened his wife earlier, making her wheelbarrow dirt from the front yard to fill a swimming pool in back of their Crestwood Avenue home and telling her he would kill her and bury her there.”
Prosecutors played the recording at Wednesday’s sentencing for Khalid Mohd, 41, who was convicted in June of setting his wife on fire because she wanted his help staying in the United States.
He was sentenced to life in prison.
Circuit Judge Patti A. Christensen said the act was a window into the man.
“That tells me that person has no soul,” she said. Throughout the hearing, Mohd appeared smug and was often argumentative with the lead prosecutor and during the judge’s comments.
He had no respect for the American judicial system, prosecutor Jason Lewis said.
Mohd told police that Jamel, now 33, was burned in a March 2010 grilling accident and later said his wife had sprayed herself with charcoal fluid and set herself on fire. Their two school-age sons came into the house and saw ‘yellow stuff’ dripping from their burning mother’s body after hearing an argument between their parents.
Jamel spent five months in a Gainesville burn unit but eventually was able to tell police her side of the story, and Mohd was arrested on charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery and arson
Jamel wanted her husband’s help becoming a U.S. citizen, jurors were told during the trial. Mohd, who had lived in Florida for years, first Tampa then Palatka, refused.
Jamel and the couple’s sons, both born overseas, had not been in the country long and normally saw their father on his visits home. Mohd told Jamel she had to go back to Jordan and that he was going to keep their sons in Palatka. He wanted to bring a second wife from Jordan, where it is legal to have multiple wives, Lewis said.
The couple argued and Mohd pulled the phone line from the wall when she threatened to call police, according to a police report. He sprayed her and threatened to kill her.
Mohd pushed her down and set her on fire.
Jamel and her father, Jamal Namroti, both spoke through a translator in the video played Wednesday. Namroti, who could not come for the sentencing because of Ramadan and another holiday, said he has spent $200,000 on medical treatment for his daughter and that she needs more following the four surgeries she has undergone already. Ahead, he said, are 12 to 15 plastic surgeries for his daughter, who requires daily assistance bathing and dressing.
“Those five months were like hell to me,” he said of the time he spent with his hospitalized daughter after traveling to Palatka from Jordan.
Jamel said she is embarrassed to be seen in public.
“I went through a lot of pain and fear,” she said at one point. “All of my life has changed, like scattered glass.”
After the sentencing, Lewis said Mohd had threatened his wife earlier, making her wheelbarrow dirt from the front yard to fill a swimming pool in back of their Crestwood Avenue home and telling her he would kill her and bury her there.
Mohd spoke at the hearing, denying guilt and saying Jamel had tried to hurt herself before by stabbing herself.
“I did nothing wrong,” he said when Lewis asked if he felt bad about what he did.
“You did a good job to throw an innocent man in prison,” he said.
Mohd was also sentenced to 30 years on the arson and battery charges.